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Hot Harley Nights kicks off with a parade

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A big annual event is underway in Sioux Falls bringing thousands of people to the area.

It's an event aimed at making wishes come true for children.

There are around 4,000 bikes that are going to be a part of the parade. Which kicked at 6:30 p.m.  The crowd has been checking out different vendors all day, there was a casino run that just wrapped up as well.

This is 17th annual Hot Harley Nights. this is a big annual event for Sioux Falls which supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of South Dakota. Over the years this event has raised over $1.5 million dollars for Make-A-Wish, a program that helps children with life threatening diseases experience a wish of a lifetime.

The event started back in 1996 and it has grown into one of the biggest events of the year for Sioux Falls. The first year, 250 people participated in the casino run. The "party" was held in a small downtown parking lot and $3200 was raised for the cause. Since that first year, Hot Harley Nights has grown into a 3 day event that draws people from all over the United States and Canada and brings thousands of people into downtown Sioux Falls.

The parade left from J and L Harley and headed south on Westport, east on Russell, south on Kiwanis, then east on west 12th Street, and then north on Phillips ending downtown.

Live music downtown until 11 p.m. a ZZ Top tribute band.

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